With its pair of Ethernet ports and AC passthrough outlet, the Zyxel PLA5456 can help push data throughout your home but is big and delivered unexceptional performance and range. It’s no bargain at $100 for two devices, but the PLA5456 is for buyers looking for a powerline extender that quietly does its work behind the scenes.
Max Throughput: 54.0Mbps
Performance at 100 feet: 16.8Mbps
Range: 750 feet
Size: 5.2 x 2.8 x 1.7 inches
Three/Two Prong Plug: Three
Ethernet Gigabit Ports: Two
Estimated Power Bill: $4.30 per year
The Zyxel PLA5456 is big and combines a pair of Ethernet ports with a useful monitoring utility and a handy AC passthrough outlet. Still, it doesn’t make up for the device’s disappointing throughput, range and power use. The PLA5456 offers middle of the road performance, price and warranty for a middle of the road price.